Former cricketers boost spirit of the players before England test series

Muhammad UsmanMultimedia Journalist

04th Aug, 2020. 08:44 pm

As the Test series between Pakistan and England is about to start from August 5th, former Pakistani cricketers have tried their best to boost the confidence of the players before the first match.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has released a video message in which former cricketers have wished the team good luck for the series, and highlighted the strong attributes of the players.

According to Ramiz Raja, cricketer-turned-commentator, this time England will be under great pressure while facing the Pakistani team.

“England might have got a head start with the three Tests against the West Indies, but they will be under pressure against Pakistan as they are a quality side,” said Ramiz.

The commentator advised the squad,

“Be united when you play. Unlike ODIs and T20Is, one bad session will not cost you a match; rather you will get opportunities to overcome your mistakes. Slip catching is going to be very important, as it will put England under pressure.”

Another former batsman Rashid Latif expressed his high hopes from the team and believed the squad with Babar Azam, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Naseem Shah, and Mohammad Abbas, will perform strongly against the England team. He said,

“Pakistan has a world-class player in Babar Azam. Young pacers Shaheen Shah Afridi and Naseem Shah are joined by Mohammad Abbas and they will give a tough time to the opposition. Abid Ali has scored two centuries and is joined by Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, and Shan Masood. And, Mohammad Rizwan is also playing well.”

Former Test cricketer Mohammad Yousuf is confident that both youngsters and seniors will do well against the English side.

“The whole country is behind our cricket team. There are great expectations from Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, and Azhar Ali. I pray that both our senior and junior players give good performances on this tour,” he maintained.

Last but not least former left-handed opening batsman Aamir Sohail also showed his support to lift up the spirit of the men’s squad ahead of England Test.

“I want to wish the Pakistan team best of luck for their series against England. We are hoping and praying that the Pakistan team will do well in England,” he said.

It must be noted here that Pakistan will play their first Test against England on August 5 from Wednesday at Old Trafford, Manchester.

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